Ulefone Power Armor 14 Pro is The Best Rugged Phone for AED1000
While the Android smartphone market is dominated by brands such as Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Motorola, when it comes to tough, rugged smartphones, I keep coming back to a brand called Ulefone.
I've been testing the new Ulefone Power Armor 14 Pro (yes, what a mouthful) and it more than lives up to my expectations.
First, let's get the tech specs out of the way.
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G85, 2.0GHz octa-core
- Screen: 6.52-inch HD+ display, 720 x 1600 resolution
- System: Android 12
- Camera: 20MP Sony camera + 2MP macro camera + 2MP depth sensor + 16MP front camera
- Storage: 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM (supports up to 1TB microSD card)
- Battery: 10000mAh, supports 15W wireless charging (Qi standard) and fast charging, USB-C, 9V/2A
- Cellular: 3G/4G with dual nano-SIM card
- GPS: GPS + GLONASS + BeiDou + Galileo support
- Biometrics: Face unlock and fingerprint ID
- VoLTE: Hardware support (depending on carrier support)
- Size/weight: 175.6x82.5x17.2 mm, 358g
It comes with an applied tempered glass screen protector, a spare screen protector, a decent charge cable, and a SIM tray eject tool.
A few things stand out about the Power Armor 14 Pro. First, it's huge and chunky, weighing in at 358 g. It's a fair bit heftier than the iPhone 13 Pro Max that only weighs 240 g.
The screen is big and of decent quality, and the 720 x 1600 resolution suits this type of phone fine.
The chunky, rubberized, rugged shell offers decent protection against drops and bumps. I've dropped this handset numerous times, both accidentally and on purpose -- and it still looks and works perfectly.
Also, being in the UK, and with it being summer, I've had plenty of time to test the waterproofing. It seems to live up to its IP68/IP68K water and dust protection rating, and its MIL-STD-810G certification in drops from up to 1.5 meters and harsh environments.